In today’s Sunday Interviews installment, we talk with Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson, his challenger Timothy Smith and Wayne Township Assessor Bev Zuber.
To clarify, the interviews were recorded earlier. Â This is called the ‘Sunday Interview Series’ simply because that’s the day of the week they are released.
The featured race for today is that of the Wayne Township Trustee. Â Currently, Rick Stevenson, Democrat, holds the office. Â He is being challenged by Republican newcomer Timothy Smith who has worked in the Wayne Township Trustee office and various other social service agencies.
Rick Stevenson interview – Official Wayne Township Trustee website
Timothy Smith interview – On Facebook
Two years ago, in the 2008 General Election, the Wayne Township electorate was given the choice of keeping their assessor, or having the County Assessor take over the responsibility. Â The vote was 14,414 (53.09%) to keep the Assessor and 12,737 (46.91%) against. Â Aboite (54.05%) and St. Joe Townships (55.72%) voted to do away with their Assessor. Â The question on the ballot was the result of the Shepherd-Kernan report or the Local Government Reform Commission which examined local government to determine what cuts could be made. Â Since then as well, the State has beefed up requirements for those wishing to run for the Assessor position. Â Even though she is unopposed, I think you’ll find the interview with her enlightening.
Bev Zuber interview – Official Wayne Township Assessor website
Next week, at least one of the State level races will be featured. Â As usual, there is the poll question to the right of this post asking who you’ll be voting for in the Wayne Township Trustee race.